Category Archives: Cultural Differences

Fondue Traditions for New Year’s Eve

Fondue Traditions for New Year’s Eve

 Every year, we wisemommies have come together as families and spent the whole day, evening, night, going into the morning hours, on New Year’s Eve eating fondue. We have perfected our recipes and how to and will be sharing our fondue “how to” with our readers this year. Fondue, a Swiss national dish, is aRead More

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St. Martin’s Day, Martinstag

St. Martin’s Day, Martinstag

 In Germany, on November 11, families celebrate St. Martin’s Day, “Martinstag.” Children make lanterns at home, or school, and then gather at a special location to sing songs and parade with their homemade lanterns in remembrance of St. Martin, a man who was a Roman solider, turned monk, baptised in adulthood and eventually obtained Sainthood.Read More

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Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Ahhh Halloween, my favorite holiday. Click here for our post: Halloween Celebrations and Meaning, Why as Christians we still celebrate Halloween and some cultural differences for Halloween. We love how neighborhoods come together for some simple and fun community celebrating. Children, and adults, get to dress up, attend parties, festivals, and go trick or treating.Read More

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Circumcision on boys

Circumcision on boys

A resent ruling, in Germany, now considers religious-based circumcision as bodily harm and a criminal offence. It doesn’t matter if there is parental consent. This ruling follows a recent case where a doctor circumcised a 4 yr old Muslim boy via parent’s request. Days later, the boy was hospitalized for hemorrhaging, and the doctor wasRead More

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Euro 2012

Euro 2012

 So the other day my husband says, “are you going to do a post about the European Championship? I really think you should.” How cute is he! Well, moms worldwide, it never hurts to educate yourself on some basic facts regarding sports whether local or international. For the American moms, you might even impress yourRead More

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Mothers in other Cultures

Mothers in other Cultures

 I love writing about cultural differences but with the love of a mother, there is no cultural difference. Culturally, here are some of our favorite quotes, and how to say mom in other languages.   Famous Jewish Proverb states, “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers”.   In Ireland they say thatRead More

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Cinco de Mayo Pinata Fun and more

Cinco de Mayo Pinata Fun and more

 In honor of Cinco de Mayo, May 5, teach children something about the Mexican culture. Below are some more simple and fun game ideas.   Piñata Fun Go to your nearest Mexican market or food store and buy an inexpensive Piñata filled with candy or other surprises. Cinco de Mayo has become so popular, thatRead More

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Homemade Easter Egg Dyes with Onions

Homemade Easter Egg Dyes with Onions

  As a followup to our post: Homemade Easter Egg Dyes Kids Will Love, my German mother-in-law sent the following as an additional idea to being creative with homemade Easter Egg Dyes. We LOVE this idea and will be trying it in our Wisemommies’ homes! Thank you Oma!!   From German Oma: “When we use onions for cookingRead More

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How to Make Easter Egg Ornaments

How to Make Easter Egg Ornaments

 In Germany and Austria, it’s customary to celebrate Easter by hanging decorated Easter eggs from the branches of trees or bushes. The picture, left, is from Saalfeld, Germany (Deutschland), and holds 10,000 decorated Easter Eggs.   While living in Germany, my German mother-in-law used to give us handmade Easter Egg ornaments and an “Easter Tree” toRead More

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How Ireland changed my Life!

How Ireland changed my Life!

It’s true, there are leprechauns with pots of gold at the end of rainbows in Ireland. I know because I found a pot of gold in Ireland. The day I moved to Ireland, was the day my life changed 360! Ireland gifted me with a renewed spirit; a founding of security and self-confidence that hadRead More

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